Ukrainians already in the UK will be able to extend their visa or switch to another immigration route, where eligible.
Government visa information for those in the UK already (in English, Ukrainian and Russian): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ukrainian-nationals-in-the-uk-visa-support
For those with existing visas/leave to remain in the UK who require further advice, call the Home Office helpline: 0808 164 8810. Calls are free.
From 3 May, the Government is introducing a Ukraine Extension Scheme which will give Ukrainians already in the UK on temporary visas, alongside their family members, three years’ leave and full access to work, study and public funds.
There are many groups on social media who are sharing advice and experiences, but we recommend you either call the Home Office helpline or seek advice from a qualified immigration lawyer.
This group of immigration lawyers provides free advice about immigration status or other immigration issues: https://advice-Ukraine.co.uk/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, some charities provide free immigration advice, but note that not all will be able to provide advice in Ukrainian. The Refugee Council has set up a useful list of resources available across the country and in Northern Ireland: https://www.asaproject.org/resources/organisations-who-can-help
Important information on how to find a registered immigration lawyer and avoid scams (written in Ukrainian and English) can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1060092/OISC_Flyer_-_March_2022._FINAL_pdf.pdf
This information is for you:
To apply for the Ukraine Family Scheme you must:
Note that you can apply if you have already arrived in the UK and meet the requirements above. Your application will, in all circumstances, be subject to security checks.
Family members can be sponsored by:
Family members cannot be sponsored by someone in the UK on a work or study visa. However, if you are in the UK on a partner visa, your partner might be able to sponsor your family members instead.
You must provide evidence that your UK-based family member is one of the following:
For government information on the Ukraine Family Scheme see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-ukraine-family-scheme-visa and an updated factsheet (5 May) which provides immigration information for Ukrainians in the UK, British nationals and their family members.
The Home Office also has a free call helpline for visa enquiries: 0808 164 8810.
All Home Office published materials are accessible for download by clicking on the following link: https://homeoffice.brandworkz.com/bms/?link=DF7212AE